Root Canal Therapy in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

A root canal is a surgical procedure in which a small hole is created in the top of a tooth so the tissue and blood vessels inside can be accessed. Once the infected dental pulp is cleared out, the tooth is cleaned and sealed before a dental crown is placed. Our team at DFW Family Dentistry provides gentle and effective root canal treatments that will have you smiling big again in no time. Call our office or send us a message to schedule your appointment today!

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How will I know if I need a root canal?

It is not always obvious to patients when they need a root canal treatment, as there are not always noticeable symptoms. Should you notice any of the following symptoms, however, we recommend scheduling a visit with our team as soon as you can:

  • Moderate to severe tooth pain
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Change in tooth or gum color
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Loose tooth

Are root canals painful?

While receiving a root canal may sound intimidating, root canal therapy is nothing to be afraid of. Every root canal treatment begins with a local anesthetic being administered into the gums to completely numb the mouth. You may feel some pressure on the tooth during your appointment, but it should not be painful or uncomfortable. We know that some patients experience dental anxiety during restorative treatments, so if you would like to utilize dental sedation during your root canal, please let our team know.

Are root canals avoidable?

Root canals become necessary when an infection occurs inside a tooth. These infections happen when harmful bacteria is able to make its way inside the tooth, usually through untreated tooth decay or damage. Taking care of restorative treatments sooner rather than later is a good way to avoid needing a root canal. Once an infection occurs, however, root canal treatments are the only way to restore the tooth. If a root canal is not performed soon enough, a dental extraction may become necessary instead.

Will I need a dental crown afterward?

Dental crowns are placed over teeth after root canal treatments to protect and restore them. Dental crowns help support weak teeth that have undergone damage and root canal therapy, which makes it harder for harmful bacteria to access the tooth and cause problems. They also restore the appearance of teeth, and we design them to look very natural. Our office provides same-day CEREC® dental crowns, so once your treatment is complete, we can create and place your permanent crown—no temporary crown required!

What can I eat after a root canal?

We recommend that you wait until the numbness from the local anesthetic wears off before you try to eat anything to avoid biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek. Then, you should start out eating soft foods like soup, oatmeal, or scrambled eggs and chew with the other side of your mouth. It shouldn’t take long before you are able to return to your normal diet, usually a couple of days at most. This will also give your new crown time to settle on the tooth and permanently adhere to it.

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